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The government is introducing automatic enrolment for the guaranteed income supplement benefit beginning this month.

The automatic enrolment means that, each month, up to 17,000 Canadian seniors who turn 64 on or after Dec. 1, 2017, will be selected to be automatically enrolled for the GIS benefit without having to complete an application, according to the government. Beginning this month, the selected seniors will be notified by letter that they’ll be enrolled for both old-age security and GIS without needing to apply, and will begin receiving their benefits automatically, if eligible, when they turn 65.

Read: New CPP, OAS benefit amounts take effect for 2018

The government also noted that once recipients are automatically enrolled for OAS benefits, they’ll be automatically considered for the GIS each year based on the household income information included in their tax filing. 

“Automatic enrolment reduces the burden on many seniors by enabling them to receive their old-age security pension and guaranteed income supplement at age 65 without ever having to apply for it,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social development, in a news release.

“We continue our efforts to modernize the old-age security and guaranteed income supplement services to meet the needs of Canadians.”

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So, if I turn 64 a few months before Dec 1, 2017 I have to go through all the drill of applying… and bonus, I have to apply for GIS which will come many months after I get AOS. Instead, the lucky ones get all automatically… and they call this “effort to modernize”

Thursday, January 11 at 1:06 am | Reply


I will be 64 in May 2018. So I guess I will be one of the lucky ones. But I don’t think I will get GIS any sooner, I just don’t have to send in the application form. But, I was also one of the “lucky ones” who took the increased deduction on my CPP every year for 5 years.

Wednesday, January 24 at 3:01 pm | Reply

Robert Mccarthy:

hi i would like to apply for a guranteed income suplliment.
i can not find form on internet for it. can you please send me one or contact me to advise where to get one. thank you

Thursday, March 15 at 3:03 pm | Reply

Ruben Torrens:

You can get the application here:

and the instructions here:

Thursday, April 05 at 7:05 pm

Nabil El-Khodari:

Are there any ‘advisors’ that can help with such issues?

Wednesday, April 04 at 8:21 pm | Reply

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